At Risk Youth And Afterschool Programs Recreation Programing

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At-Risk Youth and Afterschool Programs Recreation Programing In the United States and developed countries around the world, it is generally accepted that schools play a tremendous role in the lives of children, youth, and families in urban, rural, and suburban communities with populations of widely varying socioeconomic resources. However; in some communities there seems to be a clear need to provide more program support for organizations, and to provide programs and services for hours outside the parameters of the school day. In these communities, “at-risk” child and youth populations and their families require more from the agencies and organizations that strive to serve the needs of the public in education, health, and…show more content…
According to Howard K. David, and Lorraine C. Peniston, writers for the American Institutes for Research Pelavin Research Center, and Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice acknowledges, “The term “at-risk,” in a broad sense, refers to youth who, due to certain characteristics or experiences, are statistically more likely than other youth to encounter certain problems – legal, social, financial, educational, emotional, and health – in the future” (qtd. At–Risk and Delinquent Youth: Multiple Federal Programs Raise Efficiency Report, March 1996, 1). According to the Development Services Group (DSG), “Research findings estimate that 35 percent of 12 year-olds is regularly left by themselves while their parents are at work” (1). DSG concludes, “Justifying the need for more programs to address this supervision gap is the apparent peak of violent crime in the 4 hours following the end of the school day (roughly 2–6 p.m.)” (4). Statistics, data, and anecdotal research provided on this topic reveal a relevant opportunity to address today’s need for structured prevention programming for children and youth through parks and recreation programs. As we continue to see problems with these at-risk child and youth populations in communities across our country, we can see other social, economic, healthcare, private sector and government professionals pinpointing, researching, and
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